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Extremely wide toes getting crushed, hitting front of boot, and going numb after few hrs of skiing.

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hello everyone.

 

I have high instep, high arches, big calves, narrow heal, and extremely wide toes. Basically, my feet are shaped like swim fins/flippers. I don't believe there is any boot on the market which will fit my toes, without extensive modification. All are rounded at the front, where my toes are square, and in fact even wider at the little toe!

 

Ive tried a few different boots over the years. I currently have Salomon xpro 100, size 27.5, with custom footbeds. The boot shell has been heated/punched out all around the little toe area 3 or 4 times.

 

Still my toes are crushed and go numb. Im ready to try to cut apart the liner all around my little toe area, or maybe try to make a 'pocket' in the liner for my little toe. Is that advisable, and what is the best way?

 

Here are some pictures, if the link works:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3291416607150.162820.1319800353&type=1&l=fd5a2846a8

 

Im willing to go to almost any length to fix by boot problem. Any help or advise would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks, Charles

post #2 of 6

I would suggest making sure that you have a VERY thin sock, and that the toe buckles are not just loose, but 100% undone as well.   A more supportive footbed might help too.

 

then open that toe seem on the liner a bit and see if that helps

 

maybe a wider boot to start with?

doesn't look like the punchs/ stretchs on the shell are all THAT agressive.  I think you can get more out of that  (better bott fitter?)

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks mntlion.

 

What is the best way for me to open the toe seem on the liner? Do I simply cut the stitching?

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by claugh View Post
 

Thanks mntlion.

 

What is the best way for me to open the toe seem on the liner? Do I simply cut the stitching?

Yup, one other method is to cut a 'T' shape in the bottom of the liner. Cut all of the way through the liner from one side to the other just behind where your toes would be, then cut another slit from the middle of that slice to the front of the liner. With the footbed in the boot you shouldn't feel this, but it will allow the toe box of the liner to expand. 

 

... or just cut the threads on the seem where you want more room.

post #5 of 6
Do your feet measure 27cm in length?

I agree with mtlion, the boot and liner can be stretched much more.

Big calf will push your toes forward into the front of the boot where it is narrower, ouch. The boot shell needs to be flaired to the rear to accommodate your calf size.

Find a new boot fitter

Mike
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thank you all. This helps greatly. Im probably one of the few who has this shaped feet.

 

My feet are 27cm in length (or 26.8 last I measured.). Seems like the main issue is the shape of my wide toes. They are simply crushed and don't conform to the shape of the liner/boot.  I also have a theory my high arches are collapsing after a few hrs skiing, and that lengthens my foot, which adds to the problem. As far as I can see my foot beds are solid.

 

I have started to cut the threads on the liner along the front, near the little toe, where it attaches to the base/sole of the liner. Turns out there is one set of stitching on the outside, and another on the inside. It is glued also.

 

I will also get the boot shell and liner stretched out more, if possible.

 

Thanks again.

 

Charles

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